Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-17

Common name:

Red-throated Loon

Scientific name: Gavia stellata
Date: 1/27/2017
Time: 10:35
Length of time observed: 25 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Warm Creek Bay
County: Kane
Distance to bird: 30 yards
Optical equipment: Scopes, 10x42 binoculars Swarovski and Canon Rebel 75-200mm lens
Weather: Partly Cloudy with cool temperatures
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Small compared to Common Loon
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Long and slender oval while on water
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: White face to belly and spectacles back
(Description:)            Bill Type: Small and pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
White face to belly and spectacles on back, very small Loon as compared to larger near by Common Loons. We observed this bird at the bay in a small cove. First appearance was very small slender loon, white face and small bill. Also as the photograph shows this birds distinct style and demeanor the upward appearance of the head and bill was very apparent also. As compared to to the more sizable Common Loons we saw throughout our lake wide survey.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Diving often and on top of water
Habitat: Lake/ Bay
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Common Loon was considerably larger both by size and bill, also the demeanor and style of which the Loon held its head upward was not typical for Commons
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen many times back East on the Great Lakes
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Roy Morris, Lonnie Pilkington, John Spence, Mark Anderson
Observer's address: 9198 East Main Rd Cuba, NY 14727
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Lonnie Pilkington, John Spence, Mark Anderson
Date prepared: 2/10/2017
Additional material: Photos
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